Friday, May 25 at 7pm
Saturday, May 26 at 2pm
Tuesday, May 29 at 7pm
Molting is about shedding one’s skin and confronting one’s memories. The character illustrates the liminal space she embodies by using her own physical body and her molded body parts to explore the feeling of in-between-ness and the process of accepting herself. This piece is strongly influenced by the powerful women in the performer's family who have taught her to stand strong on her own two feet both in Japan and America.
Performer and Creator: Leah Ogawa
Director: Sarah Plotkin
Dramaturg: Sarah Machiko Haber
Sound Designer: Jess Hart
Musician: Joshua Marcks
Assistant builder: Neda Kazemifar
OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances.
In a Victorian opium den, Willow sacrifices her life to pay off her father’s debt by working as a prostitute in an occult society called "The Cave." In this musical exploration of fairy tales, sacrifice, and spiritualism, Willow fights to find light not only in the grim and strange shadow-world around her, but also within herself.
“The Cave: A Folk Opera” is an award winning musical theatre piece inspired by the classic “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale and told entirely through original folk music. Blending concert-style performances with shadow puppets and lyrical choreography, “The Cave: A Folk Opera” is sexy, enchanting, and examines how far we go for the people we love. This dark interpretation of a beloved tale is not your childhood “Beauty and the Beast.”
May 17th, 18th, 19th, & 20th
Access Theater | 380 Broadway, NYC
Composed by Melanie Rose Thomas
Directed by Sarah Plotkin
Choreographed by Jenisa de Castro
Music Directed by Suzanne Karpinski